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  Frist may weigh governor's run
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Last EditedServo  Dec 12, 2006 10:22am
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MediaNewspaper - Tennessean (Nashville)
News DateTuesday, December 12, 2006 04:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionIf Sen. Bill Frist decides to run for governor of Tennessee in 2010, he would be a formidable candidate — and likely the only Republican in the field who has won statewide office, several political insiders and observers said.

Frist left the door open Monday when responding to a question about the governor's office, saying it's something he'd "consider for the future," though he hadn't given it much thought.

"He has the background and the experience and the accomplishments to make quite a race out of it," said Van Hilleary, the former congressman who lost a 2002 bid for governor and a Senate primary bid this year.

The list of possible 2010 Republican candidates could include U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Brentwood, state Rep. Beth Harwell of Nashville, Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam, Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale, state Sen. Majority Leader Ron Ramsey and U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp of Chattanooga. Also, former state Sen. Jim Bryson, who lost the governor's race this year, hasn't closed the door on another run.
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